The improved version of Russian Mi-28NM attack helicopter was spotted at Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.
The Russian Helicopters company produced the first prototype of the improved helicopter in 2015. According to the company’s report, helicopter tests will be carried out during 2016, and then the Russian Defense Ministry will receive the first delivery.
Mi-28NM has been in development since 2008, but specific characteristics are unknown. The improved version of Mi-28NM has been equipped with surveillance radar and a new control system, according to the managing director of the Russian Helicopters (Rosvertol) company Petr Motrenko. The new attack helicopter has also received improved rotor blades that will increase the cruising speed of the machine by 13% and the top speed – by 10%.
The Mi-28NM attack helicopter is produced at the Rosvertol plant in Rostov. The machine was designed to find and destroy tanks and other armored vehicles in conditions of active fire and electronic countermeasures. The helicopter can also hunt for low-speed air targets and infantry.
The Mi-28NM has been equipped with a dual control system – so that it can be operated by the navigator-operator. (Russian Aviation/Business World Magazine)